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SPLM-IO signs peace declaration of principle as Juba declines

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SPLM-IO Deputy leader signs the Declaration of Principles for the peace revitalization process in Addis Ababa on 9 February 2018 (Photo Mabior Garang)
February 09, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition led by the former FVP Riek Machar has announced it signed a Declaration of Principles for the peace revitalization process while the government refused the framework saying it calls for sanctions on the parties.

The SPLM / SPLA (IO) "Deputy Chairman of the SPLM/SPLA (IO), Comrade Henry Odwar has signed the Declaration of Principles (DoP), for the IGAD - High Level Revitalization Forum on South Sudan (HLRF)," said a statement released by Mabior Garang Mabior the head of the head of the SPLM-IO information committee.

"The leadership would like to assure our people, that your Movement, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) is fully committed to peace through a negotiated settlement," Mabior further added.

The rebel official, however, didn’t comment on the position of the government delegation on the DoP but stressed that their delegation is resolved to negotiate with the government in good faith and they shall not betray the hopes and aspirations of South Sudanese for peace.

The government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth rejected the DoP saying it includes calls for punitive measures against the parties to the process and ignore what had been discussed and agreed in the forum.

He pointed they are ready to sign this facultative DoP if the mediation deletes the 28 article including a call for sanctions on the parties that do not commit themselves to the full implementation of the peace agreement and the outcome of the revitalization operation.

“This article (28) is misplaced, it incriminates the parties, and it is not a principle. It is a punitive provision and as such, it is misplaced and should not be there,” said the minister.

The second phase of the South Sudan peace revitalization forum started Monday, after the failure of the parties to implement a cessation of hostilities. It is also convened under regional and international threats to impose sanctions on the parties if they fail to honour the peace deal.

For his part, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu who is also the Chairman of the IGAD Council of Ministers on Friday issued a statement reassuring that the revitalization process continues to discuss substantive issues in the South Sudan peace agreement.

On Friday "Participants have commenced talks on Pre-Transitional Period and National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) stated under Article 13 of the ARCSS, while the signing of the Declaration of Principles was taking place," said Gebeyehu in a statement released by the Ethiopian foreign ministry.

As the second phase entered its fifth day, he further pointed to the progress achieved on issues ranging from the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States, the Judiciary to the Transitional Institutions and Mechanisms stipulated under Chapter I of Article 11, 12 and 14 of the Agreement.

"They have also reached consensus on Mandates of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) on Wednesday," he stressed.

(ST)

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  • 10 February 12:37, by Games

    I thought Salva Kiir said another day that his delegates would not come back from Addis to Juba without peace. Well done IO for always leading the way

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    • 10 February 21:34, by The Rhino

      Its not Article(28) which is misplaced but Makuei Lueth and his gang of Jienges muttonheads who are misplaced to lead South Sudan.Just imagine what you people have done to this country.You looted and destroyed South Sudan to an extent it was better off before you took over with Jiengeism and Dinkadom.You incompetent Jienges are truly useless and a waste of time.Now you are fidgeting and...

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      • 10 February 21:41, by The Rhino

        quivering to sign peace deals.Its too late for you Jienge morons.None of you will escape the inevitable punishment outside or inside the country.

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  • 10 February 17:04, by Eastern

    SPLA/M-IO Songa mbele...! Let the regime in Juba lick its wounds.

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    • 10 February 19:26, by South South

      Eastern,
      Peace is a win win to all. IGAD just needs to omit that threat of sanction and everything will go on very well.

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      • 10 February 20:29, by jubaone

        South South,
        They say "criminals often fear the law" and these lawless scumbags aren’t any different. Bcoz they are culpable, they now want that clause on punitive action against violators scrapped. No. Killers, rapists and criminals belong behind bars. If IGAD can’t get these bastards, we will. We know they’re all in Juba, easy targets.

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        • 11 February 02:07, by South South

          jubaone,

          We all know most of IO members are lawless. They killed innocent people and call them "MTN". Let’s highlight peace right now.

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  • 10 February 17:58, by lino

    Very bad for Kiir’s SPLM!!! FD and other opposition parties will all sign it leaving Kiir alone to fight IGAD and International Community!!!
    The new dawn is approaching and any peace spoilers like Makuei should be thrown to jail or eliminated!!!

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    • 12 February 09:54, by Lenin Bull

      Lino, be careful with your rash for not well designed peace. It will backfire on you as you first did with the first phase of ARCISS 2015. Don’t celebrate any sham victory be it diplomatic/political or military. It will not be sustainable minus the government in Juba not even a month leave aside a year. Leave this primitive hatred of the innocent Dinka nation because government is different.

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  • 12 February 09:37, by Lenin Bull

    Thesenincompoops aka rebels can sign anything including selling out our sovereiegnty and dignity to foreigners. We all need peace, normalcy, unity, development, and prosperity in our young country but this doesn’t mean we should allow foreign scoundrels to undermine us intrude their greedy selves into our affairs.

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  • 12 February 09:43, by Lenin Bull

    Real peace should not be conditioned on foreign threat and their intrusion into affairs like the ARCISS of 2015 where Ethiopian greedy politicians cunningly designed that peace accord which gave rooms for foreigners to controll our financial institutions such as Bank of Reconstruction, Central Bank,proceedings from the sell of our oil!! Pathetic!! We are scrowed properly by these foreign conemen.

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  • 12 February 09:49, by Lenin Bull

    That damned ARCISS 2015 insulted the intelligence and intellectuality of South Sudanese by article which gave room for the 4 chiefs of Staff( Sudan !!, Ethiopia !!, Kenya!, and Uganda) to come with their troops into South Sudan for peace!! Really? Thanks to our brave nature and intelligence that never worked. Especial thanks to our former Chief of Staff Gen.Paul Malong may God bless him wherever h

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